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Mission Statement

The mission of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Texas is to provide peer and professional support to Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMHAPRNs), promote excellence in practice, and to advance the role of PMHAPRNs as clinicians, educators, and community leaders in Texas.

Welcome to PAPN Texas Homepage!

Welcome to the PAPN Texas website! The mission of Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurses of Texas is to provide peer and professional support to Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMH-APRNs), promote excellence in practice, and to advance the role of PMH-APRNs as clinicians, educators, and community leaders in Texas.

Our goal is to enhance psychiatric health care in Texas through leadership, advocacy, networking, and focusing on the professional practice issues unique to psychiatric APRNs.  Through our newly formed organization, we will network with each other through face-to-face or video-streamed meetings, active social media and internet presence.  We will harness our collective talents, expertise and knowledge in order to provide the real-time information you need as a busy PMH-APRN. We will also be the go-to resource for other Nurse Practitioner organizations who are working hard on our behalf.  Psych APRNs represent less than 3% of all APRNs in Texas, which means that we need to monitor the news that could impact psychiatric APRN practice in ways that may be unique from other nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists.

As explained by APNA, The American Psychiatric Nurses Association, “Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (PMHNP, PMHCNS) offer primary care services to the psychiatric-mental health population. PMH-APRNs assess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with psychiatric disorders or the potential for such disorders using their full scope of therapeutic skills, including the prescription of medication and administration of psychotherapy. PMH-APRNs often own private practices and corporations as well as consult with groups, communities, legislators, and corporations.  They also contribute to policy development, quality improvement, practice evaluation, and healthcare reform.”   www.apna.org

In Texas, psychiatric APRNs are trained to promote health and prevent disease by focusing on mental health and brain-based disorders through comprehensive assessments and treatments. PMHNPs are highly trained health professionals who:

  • listen to you before diagnosing and treating you

  • educate you on the details of your mental and physical health problems to help you understand how to best take care of yourself 

  • provide individualized care in collaboration with their patients

  • have expertise in appropriate medications to treat the underlying disorder or symptoms you are experiencing

  • work in collaboration with physicians and other health professionals as needed

  • teach you how to care for yourself when ill and how to stay healthy

At PAPN Texas, we believe that the people of Texas are not always familiar with the intensive education and training of Psychiatric APRNs.  Through our organization, we plan on differentiating our high-quality care from other mental health professionals.  We believe that there is strength in numbers, so that we can educate and support each other as well as the public and our sister organizations.  We strongly believe that networking with each other in this big state is essential so we can all share our expertise and knowledge.  We support full practice authority for nurse practitioners so that we may practice to the full extent of our training and education and provide the high-quality care for which we are known.  Especially now, with mental health care such a prevalent problem for so many, and the limited number of mental health professionals, it is important to remove costly and burdensome regulatory requirements.  PAPN Texas will keep our members apprised of the issues in practice, law and legislation that affect your practice. 

We hope that you join us!  In order to be a member, you must be an Psychiatric APRN recognized by the Texas Board of Nursing or a student currently enrolled in a graduate program to become a psychiatric APRN.  Show your support and pride and become a founding member for only $100 for the first year, which will drop to the regular membership price of $60 next year.  We encourage our students to join and contribute as well as receive the benefits of networking with expert Psych APRNs, for $30 per year.  Check out our website and our Facebook page often – we are committed to providing real-time information and opportunities for discussion as Psych APRN news arises.